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Monday, June 1, 2015

10 Most Unique German Concept Cars (Part-2)

Germans renowned have produced some incredibly interesting concept cars over the years. Now we were talked about the unique German concept cars, we will take a look at 10 of their most unique.

The rules for the list are as follows: no concepts produced after 1985 are up for consideration, and any cars considered must be either prototypes or true concept cars – not custom-built coaches for individual buyers. Also excluded were homologation cars, like the Porsche 904. Besides, a car like that deserves it's own space in a future piece.

Here are the 2nd part of 10 German's Unique concept cars.

6. 1972 BMW Turbo Concept
Six years before the BMW M1 would be revealed to the public, there was the 1972 BMW Turbo concept. There were so many visual elements of this car that would ultimately find their way into various models in the BMW lineup.
1972 BMW Turbo Concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1PU1dp5)
Initially, BMW built the car as a showpiece for the 1972 Summer Olympics, hosted in Munich. The concept was built on a highly modified 2002 chassis, with a turbocharged 2002 engine mounted in the rear. The concept featured various safety innovations, such as a braking distance monitor utilizing radar, side impact door beams, and foam filled front and rear sections.

When you consider how pervasive these ideas are today, the importance of this concept becomes more obvious than just the good looks.

7. 1973 Italdesign Karmann Asso di Picche Concept
The peculiar name of this lesser known Audi concept literally means 'Ace of Spades'. The car was commissioned by Karmann Coachworks, but designed and built by Giugiaro's firm ItalDesign.
1973 Italdesign Karmann Asso di Picche Concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1Ga7et8)
The car was one in a series of concept coupes, this one being introduced in 1973 as a front wheel drive, two door 2+2 based on the Audi 80 platform. While Audi never did much with the design, it is believed to be a primary source of inspiration for what would later become the Volkswagen Scirocco.

8. 1975 Opel Geneve Concept
In what was arguably a dark time for automotive design, the Opel Geneve was a breath of fresh air. The initial concept was meant to progress into something more tangible, with the intent that it would house GM's new Wankel engine in the rear.
1975 Opel Geneve Concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1LPjeyS)
When General Motors and Opel ceased development of the Wankel program, the Geneve concept largely died with it. At one point, an orange version of the car appeared with a 230 hp V8 engine.

9. 1978 Mercedes-Benz Schulz Studie CW311
The 1978 CW311 in many ways was a derivative of the earlier C111 development platform. Unlike the earlier concepts, Mercedes didn't use the CW 311 nearly as extensively.
1978 Mercedes-Benz Schulz Studie CW311. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1GL2oRP)
Mercedes had so little interest in the concept, they allowed one of their former design engineers, Eberhard Schulz, to utilize the design. He developed his own brand, which he named Isdera. His car, the Isdera Imperator 108i was based very literally off of the earlier Mercedes concept.

10. 1981 Audi Quartz Concept
Sergio Pininfarina decided to build a car specifically for the 75th anniversary of the Swiss car magazine Automobil Revue. He decided in 1980 that the Audi Quattro was the perfect foundation for his vision. Audi happily provided him a UR Quattro by that summer.
1981 Audi Quartz Concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1PU2w7x)
The new concept was nearly 1 foot shorter and 200 pounds lighter than the Quattro from which it was built. The magazine tested the car in 1986, and managed a 0 to 62 mph time of 7.1 seconds, with a top speed of 136 mph. (Jump to previous part.) *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | 95 CUSTOMS]
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